March 9, 2005: Headlines: COS - Brazil: Politics: NGO's: Rocky Mountain News: Brazil RPCV Pat Waak elected Colorado Democratic Party chairman

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Brazil RPCV Pat Waak elected Colorado Democratic Party chairman

Brazil RPCV Pat Waak elected Colorado Democratic Party chairman

Brazil RPCV Pat Waak elected Colorado Democratic Party chairman

Gates backs off on Dems

Ex-party chief won't go to DNC over vote

Caption: Post / Brian Brainerd
Pat Waak traveled the state in her apparently successful bid to oust Chris Gates and lead Colorado’s Democratic party. Photo: Denver Post / Brian Brainerd

By Gwen Florio, Rocky Mountain News
March 9, 2005

Former Colorado Democratic Party chairman Chris Gates softened his defiant stance Tuesday toward Pat Waak, who bested him by three votes for the party leadership.

Gates, who had said he would seek a ruling from the Democratic National Committee, is saying that for now he will let the state party decide if the election was valid.

Gates declined to say why he is taking a different tack, but the national party would have kicked the matter back to the state party anyway.

It wasn't clear Tuesday when or how a recount would proceed.

"Who knows? Maybe she won by more than the disputed number, and we have no need for a challenge," Gates said.

Waak's 187-184 victory came over the weekend at the Democratic State Central Committee meetings. Gates challenged the outcome, claiming that seven proxy votes in his favor were improperly omitted from the count.

Waak's ascendance puts the state party in the hands of a relative unknown, especially compared with Gates, who gained national prominence in November as Colorado's Democrats booted Republican majorities in both houses of the legislature and picked up a U.S. Senate and House seat besides.

The public power struggle between Gates and Waak provoked glee among Republicans and consternation within a state Democratic Party determined to build on the first significant advantage it has held in four decades.

"The rift was there. Now all you've done is change sides. I think we just need to move forward and accept the results," said state Rep. Jim Riesberg, a Democrat from Waak's own Weld County. Riesberg sent a proxy vote for Gates but said Waak "did a good grass-roots campaign. . . . She seems to be a capable lady."

Waak has spent her time since Saturday fielding telephone calls from party power brokers and reporters, as well as trying to kick- start reorganization within a party hungry for a 2006 gubernatorial victory to cement its 2004 results.

She moved to counter assertions that her chairmanship represented a victory for a liberal wing of the party that last year backed political novice Mike Miles against centrist Attorney General Ken Salazar, who defeated Miles in the U.S. Senate primary and went on to win the seat.

"I have trouble with labels," she said. "I really feel at this stage in the political history of the state, we need to concentrate on bottom-up politics" rather than candidates being anointed by party leadership, she said.

Ted Weverka, a Miles supporter from Boulder who had sought to be the party's first vice chairman, said the fact that he was defeated by Gates ally Dan Slater shows that the party's problems involved Gates' leadership, rather than a lingering liberal-centrist rift.

"He doesn't work well with people," Weverka said of Gates.

Waak said she'll try to focus on a unified message for the party.

In doing so, Waak said, she'll draw on her fund-raising and administrative background with groups and agencies such as the National Audubon Society and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

She was deputy campaign manager for Sargent Shriver's 1976 presidential campaign; tried but failed to collect enough signatures to run as a 4th Congressional District candidate in 2002; and is on the Weld County Democratic Executive Committee.

The county is hardly a Democratic stronghold; with Republicans (54.3 percent) and even unaffiliated voters (31.8 percent) outnumbering the Democrats' 24.66 percent of voter registration there.

Greeley Councilwoman Pam Shaddock said, "I think Pat recognized that everybody who is kind of outside the Denver-Boulder area feels like we haven't had as much attention as we need to build the party, and she ran on a platform of inclusiveness."

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